Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

April Talk: Emergence of a Novel Coronavirus by Dr Patrick Tang, Division Chief, Pathology Sciences, Sidra Medicine

Message From Chairman

We hope everyone is safe and coping well with the COVID-19 outbreak. Our group activities have been quite disrupted by the current measures, since the school closures and the ban on gatherings.

As we thrive to adapt to this unprecedented situation, we’re planning to have our April talk through Video Conferencing, using the Zoom communication suite. It should be easy to set up and use from all Operating Systems, Desktops (PC, Mac, Linux) and Mobile devices (iOS and Android).

Please note that we have a limited number of participants, so please register as soon as possible. See the link below.

During these unusual times, there are plenty of activities that we can do while spending times at home. For instance, why not a virtual visit of some of the most renowned Museums of Natural History?

Washington DC, USA Museum virtual tour
London, UK: Natural History Museum

Hoping you’ll enjoy!

Best wishes,

On behalf of the Steering Committee

April Talk

Speakers:  Dr Patrick Tang, Division Chief, Pathology Sciences, Sidra Medicine

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 8th video Conferencing  


Synopsis of talk 

This presentation will include an update on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as discuss the how viruses such as SARS-CoV-1 (the virus that causes SARS) and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) emerged to become human pathogens.

When: Apr 8, 2020 07:00 PM Qatar

Please, register in advance for this special talk: Register link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Speaker biography

Dr. Patrick Tang is the Division Chief of Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine and an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medicine - Qatar. Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Tang was a Clinician-Scientist leader at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Tang played many roles during the 2003 SARS outbreak from performing the first laboratory tests for an unknown virus to managing infected patients to integrating large clinical datasets to better understand the virus. He is a pioneer in the use of whole-genome sequencing to understand outbreaks and the use of metagenomics to uncover novel infectious agents.





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